Advanced Nail Technology SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Our Advanced Nail Technology course has been specifically designed to provide a qualification based on what nail technicians, old and new, need and want from the industry. It combines traditional and current techniques making this course comprehensive, with just about everything you would need to become a confident and knowledgeable nail technician.

As part of this 18-week course you will learn:

  • nail and skin anatomy
  • nail health
  • basic and gel manicures
  • liquid and powder
  • U.V hard gel
  • bottled builder gel
  • acrygel
  • full cover tips
  • e-file techniques
  • nail art

Special features:

  • Robust and comprehensive, encompassing all knowledge in one place
  • Fully guided and supportive teaching and training environment
  • Focus on traditional and current techniques
  • There are classes that focus on positive mental health and wellbeing

You will work on fee paying clients throughout your course and as part of a collaborative team within our realistic working salon. You may also engage in cross college or external community events as part of your study.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 16 or over
  • 3 National 4s (including English) OR;
  • a SCQF Level 4 course or equivalent OR;
  • completion of all 12 credits from the Beauty and Aesthetic Therapies (SCQF Level 4) course.

Applications are also encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes:

  • Health & Hygiene
  • Wellbeing and Mindfulness
  • Additional Nail Technology
  • Advanced Nail Technology
  • E-File
  • Nail Art
  • Embedded Core Skills


You will be required to purchase a kit/uniform as part of this course (approx. £500). If you are eligible for a bursary these kit costs will be covered. Infill students may be required to purchase a kit for some units.

You will be responsible for sourcing your own clients for assessment.

You must also work and be worked on for all practical units.

How will I study my course?

    This is a practical based course with face-to-face practical classes on campus supplemented with our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • UHI Moray

    Start date



    Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

    If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

    If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

    Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

    Course fees 2023/24*


    Rest of UK


    Further Education - Full time




    Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




    Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




    * Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


    Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

    Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Successful completion of this course will allow you into employment as an employed or self-employed nail technician working from home, within a salon or as a mobile nail technician. You could gain employment within a beauty salon doing nails, and there are lots of pathways and opportunities available once qualified in this very popular career path.

    Access to the full time Beauty & Aesthetic Therapies SCQF Level 5 course may be given upon completion of all 10 credits.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.